Linebacker Jones swaps Tigers

14 February 2021 19:49:36 GMTPlus10

Mike Jones Jr has announced he is transferring to the Louisiana State University Tigers after three years with the Clemson Tigers.

The linebacker, who appeared in 29 career games for Clemson - including their College Football Playoff semi-final defeat to Ohio State last month, entered the transfer portal looking for a better fit.

LSU are rebuilding after losing a high number of key players from their record-setting 2019 team that defeated Clemson to win the national championship.

Ed Orgeron's men posted a 5-5 record last season and have subsequently lost highly-rated tight end Arik Gilbert to Florida.

And the Tigers also saw talented cornerback Nathaniel Wiggins de-commit after four months with the program and flip to Clemson four days before college football's early signing period began in December.

The Atlanta native admitted that the urging of former high school team-mate Dacari Collins played a part in his decision, but ultimately Clemson felt like home

"The process, it was a long process," Wiggins said during a YouTube video from Clemson featuring its midyear enrollees.

"But a lot of stuff was going on at the time, so I was just like 'nah, I don't want to do this'. I de-committed, and I felt like 'just go home,' so I just made it home."

"(Collins) was in my ear every day before I even committed - like, before I even committed to LSU, he was telling me to come here."

Clemson are 7/2 to win the NCAAF Championship with LSU at 28/1 to regain the title they held two years ago.

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